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COMMON TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURY QUESTIONS
Insurance companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters representing the person who caused your accident and they will do everything possible to reduce the value of your claim. Facing such a team of skilled professionals without having your own legal representation is unwise. It is possible to pursue your claim alone, but you will literally be at the insurance company’s mercy.
The insurance company will make you only a small offer or will simply deny your claim altogether. Unless you are well-trained in the law and understand your legal rights, it will be very difficult to combat the insurance company all on your own and know which avenues you should pursue.
IMMEDIATELY. Hiring experienced truck accident lawyers, like those at Warnock MacKinlay Law, is vital if you are injured in a wreck. Unfortunately, we see so many victims attempt to represent themselves and generally fail miserably for a number of reasons. Studies have shown that a claimant who is represented by legal counsel “nets” (after medical bills and attorney fees) in excess of 300% more money than those who handle their own claim. The only thing more important than hiring a qualified lawyer after an accident is seeking medical attention, and the lawyers at Warnock MacKinlay Law can help you with a good, competent accident doctor.
The amount of money you will ultimately recover depends on a variety of issues, the most important of which is the nature of your injuries caused by the accident and the comprehensive medical treatment you receive for those injuries. At Warnock MacKinlay Law we seek reimbursement for any or all of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of love and support
- Mental and emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Permanent impairment and disability
- Property damage.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Phoenix, AZ and Elsewhere in the StateMany truck accidents are due to recklessness or negligence on the part of the driver. However, sometimes, issues in the trucking industry lead to crashes. There is a currently a nationwide shortage of truck drivers. Companies often push the envelope to get their deliveries done on time. While this may benefit their customers and their bottom line, it also puts road users at risk. Let’s look at some of the common causes of truck crashes.
Driver FatigueTruck drivers who work extremely long hours are likely to lack concentration and proper judgment. They are less likely to pay attention to road conditions, traffic, traffic signs, or the stability of their cargo. They may even fall asleep and lose control of their vehicle. Drivers are often under pressure from their employers to meet unrealistic deadlines. Their schedules should allow time for rest stops, meals, sleep, and even delays. However, trucking companies’ profits depend on how promptly they can deliver cargo so many push drivers to cover more ground. Also, the drivers are often paid based on how much driving they do. This gives them an incentive to push themselves harder. They speed, take drugs to stay awake and ignore maintenance problems.
DistractionsAll drivers should focus their attention on the road. However, truck drivers should be even more attentive given the size of their vehicles. Still, some of them talk on the phone or text while driving. Others eat or groom themselves while behind the wheel. Taking your eyes off the road for even five seconds is enough to cause an accident.
Overloaded or Improperly Loaded TrucksEach truck is designed to carry only up to a certain amount of weight. That cargo should be properly distributed and secured. If a truck is loaded up with more weight than it should carry, rollover accidents can occur. Cargo which is not secure can also lead to crashes.
Driving Under the InfluenceTruck accidents, like other vehicular accidents, can be caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drinking alcohol reduces drivers’ reaction time, alters their visual perception, and limits their ability to make rational decisions. Of course, driving under the influence is a crime and it shouldn’t be hard to prove such drivers were negligent. An experienced lawyer can help you bring them to justice. Truck accident lawyers have the resources to determine what caused the accident and who should be held responsible. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a truck accident, we will fight for your rights. With accidents involving large trucks, several people may be responsible including:
- The truck driver
- The driver’s employer
- The owner of the trailer
- The manufacturer of the vehicle’s components
- The government entity in charge of the design and maintenance of the road
Types of Injuries Often Sustained in A Truck AccidentIdentifying the correct defendant is important if you want to get compensation for your injuries. Truck accidents often result in serious injuries which require a long recovery period. Common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Internal injury
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck and spine injuries
- Lacerations and burns
- Loss of limb
- Loss of one or more of the senses
- Severe bruising
- Temporary or permanent disability
What to Do Following a Truck Accident in ArizonaThere are certain things you should do after your crash to increase your chances of getting compensation. The first is to seek medical attention even if your injuries seem minor. You need to tell the doctor about all your pain and discomfort so they can put it in their report. Your Arizona truck accident lawyer will use this information to help quantify your damages. You should also:
- Take photos of the scene, the road conditions, your injuries and the vehicles involved.
- File a police report and get a copy.
- Call a truck accident lawyer.
Compensation Your Arizona Truck Accident Lawyer Can Seek on Your BehalfYou may be wondering how much money you could get from a truck accident claim. The compensation will vary depending on your specific circumstances. However, some of the damages you may be able to claim are:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering